Shocking HIQA report requires immediate action

Fianna Fáil has described revelations of grave breaches of care at a nursing home in Leitrim as a ‘scandal’.

Fianna Fáil has described revelations of grave breaches of care at a nursing home in Leitrim as a ‘scandal’.

Reacting to the publication of a HIQA report into St Patrick’s Nursing Home in Carrick-on-Shannon, the party’s Spokesperson on Mental Health and Disability, Colm Keaveney, called for immediate action from the Government and the HSE.

“The revelation that residents of a public nursing home have gone more than a month without a shower is an absolute scandal. The centre is clearly seriously short-staffed and even the most basic care has been lacking in many cases. It seems that management failed to act on warnings made following previous inspections. People need to know how this was allowed to happen,” said Deputy Keaveney.

“We need an immediate response from the Health Minister Leo Varadkar. It is an extremely upsetting situation for the residents and their families. This is a State run nursing home and the level of breaches over a sustained period of time raises concerns about similar facilities. How was this allowed to happen? What does Minister Varadkar intend to do to ensure that it never happens again?

“Management at both local and national level have to get a grip. It’s not good enough that the HSE is running a nursing home that is compliant for just one in three outcomes. HIQA made four findings of major non-compliance in this case.

“Frankly, Minister Varadkar and the Director General of the HSE should be ashamed of themselves. The Minister is now more than a year in the job. It is clear at this stage that the only reasonable finding that can be made on the outcomes under his stewardship is, to use HIQA’s own terminology, Non-Compliant Major. His only success has been in diminishing expectations.”